Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince added to U.S. national team
“We’re excited about the addition of these four outstanding players. Tayshaun is a versatile veteran who returns to the program after helping the United States win gold in the Olympics and at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, which served as our zone’s Olympic qualifying tournament. Jeff was part of the 2008 USA Select Team that trained against the Olympic team and he was again impressive last summer at the national team mini-camp. And in adding Tyreke and Stephen we have brought into the national team fold two of the game’s most exciting and promising newcomers,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo.
“The addition of Tayshaun, Jeff, Stephen and Tyreke to our national team roster adds additional veteran experience, versatility, and young talent,” said USA and Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “Although we have a number of players who were members of the 2006-08 national team returning to the 2010-12 national team pool, we are beginning a new selection and team building process and I believe the addition of these four players will help strengthen our national team program in several areas over the next three years.”
Prince, who has played in 28 games for the U.S. national team, averaged 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds as a member of the 2008 USA’s gold medalist Olympic team. He was also a member of the gold medalist 2007 USA Olympic Qualifying Team, averaging 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds.